Prince George and Princess Charlotte join Prince William in family volunteering effort in new photo

Rebecca Taylor
Royal Correspondent
The Cambridges have sought to play their role in the coronavirus pandemic relief effort. (Comic Relief/BBC Children in Need)

A new photo of Princess Charlotte, Prince George and Prince William volunteering in Sandringham has been released to mark the end of Volunteers’ Week.

The picture was taken in April, on the same day the birthday images of Charlotte were taken by her mother, the Duchess of Cambridge.

The photograph shows Charlotte, five, carrying a bag of food to a home on the estate in Norfolk, with George, six, next to her.

William, 37, holds an umbrella over both of them as they approach a home with one of the food parcels.

William holds an umbrella over George and Charlotte as they make a delivery. (The Duchess of Cambridge/PA Wire)

The family has been living in Anmer Hall, their Norfolk home, throughout the lockdown, and William and Kate, 38, have been homeschooling their children.

The images comes after William revealed he has been one of the volunteers on Shout, the text based crisis service which the Cambridges set up with the Duke and Duchess of Sussex a year ago.

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The Queen has also sent her own message to mark the end of the week.

She said: “As Volunteers’ Week draws to a close, it is inspiring to reflect on the many thousands of people, who through their acts of generosity and kindness, have achieved so much for the greater good.

“I have been following with interest how men and women from around the world, including my own family, have been helping and recognising the vital role of the volunteer.

“I send my best wishes to all those who give themselves so freely and selflessly in the service of others.”

Alongside the message on Instagram, the Royal Family shared a selection of pictures, including two previously unseen images of Edward and Sophie, the Earl and Countess of Wessex, packing food bags.

Sophie entered the Duchess of Cambridge’s photography project earlier this week with an image from her volunteering efforts.

The palace also shared a picture of a banner reading: “You are not alone in this.”

Posting the new photo on their Instagram page, the Duke and Duchess said they were “pleased to share a new photo taken by The Duchess as they played their own part in the national volunteering effort.

“In April, The Duke and Duchess and their family visited the Sandringham Estate where they packed up and delivered food parcels to isolated pensioners in the local area.”

One of the images released for Charlotte's birthday. (The Duchess of Cambridge)

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The photo shows George wearing a blue checked shirt, under a jumper, with long trousers, and trainers. Charlotte is in a gingham dress with grey tights and black shoes.

When the photos of Charlotte were released, the family revealed they had made pasta to go in the parcels to be delivered across the estate.

The duchess has also been taking part in the check in and chat service, along with Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall, and Sophie, the Countess of Wessex.

On Friday, Prince Charles released a message thanking Samaritans, which he has been a patron of for 20 years.

He said: “In the Samaritans’ mission of preventing suicide, your incredible network of over 20,000 volunteers is a shining example of all that is best about our voluntary sector - providing a listening service day and night, 365 days a year.”